Senior Analyst, Application & Cloud Security

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Job Description

Our job is to be bold at work.

It starts with an insatiable curiosity about clients, colleagues, and the future. At Forrester, we believe curiosity powers progress. Forresterites bring a diversity of opinions and the courage of their convictions to collaborate on the ideas and initiatives that change the course of business. As a trusted advisor to the most influential companies in the world, we live at the nexus of what’s next.

About This Role:

Forrester’s Senior Analyst for security and risk research team conducts innovative research and delivers advice through written reports, advisory, client inquiries, webinars, and event speeches. This individual works with a team of analysts who research client initiatives concerning product security, application security, and secure application development and focuses on helping clients transform their current product security and application security practices to support continuous delivery and improvement across environments (including on premises, cloud, and hybrid) and hosting models while maintaining strong partnerships with application development, operations, and business teams. This includes topics such as proactive security design, security testing in the software delivery lifecycle, protection of applications in production environments, and remediation of hardware and software flaws.


The Senior Analyst not only serves security and risk professionals but also CIOs, CTOs, enterprise architecture professionals, and application development and delivery professionals. Our ideal candidate has a strong understanding of the most important security and risk trends as well as their business and technology implications.

Job Description:

As part of a small high-performance, collaborative team, the Senior Analyst must:

  • Develop a deep understanding of what Forrester clients need to succeed as security and risk leaders.
  • Conduct research into key aspects of application security and secure application development including different deployment type (e.g., on-premises, cloud, hybrid) protections.
  • Help define the future of product security, including how the security team can work with developers and other key business functions to support organizational success.
  • Write research reports that convey new application and product security ideas in a rich business context. These reports typically: 1) introduce new thinking about successful business and technology strategies; 2) present organizational and technology implementation plans; 3) compare new technologies or services (e.g., via a Forrester Wave™); or 4) predict emerging business opportunities.
  • Consult with clients to apply Forrester’s research in the context of their specific business environment and help solve their problems through inquiry, guidance sessions, and advisory.
  • Present at Forrester-sponsored industry events and deliver client webinars.
  • Establish an industry presence as an influential speaker and thinker and build relationships with key security and risk professionals, the technology vendors that serve them, and the journalists who cover the sector.
  • Participate in vendor briefings and field press inquiries.

Job Requirements:

  • A strong academic record (BA or BS) or equivalent experience.
  • Previous application development and/or application security experience.
  • A strong background in security and risk; candidates typically have formulated strategy or provided consultative advice to security or development professionals.
  • Deep intellectual curiosity about the effect of technology on the business landscape; solid business instincts; a practical understanding of how security professionals operate; a creative view of markets, technologies, and attitudes; and a fascination with the future.
  • Knowledge of how particular issues vary by industry —government, healthcare, and financial services — is a plus.
  • An appetite for conducting and writing research, curiosity about new and emerging trends, and confidence to guide executives in their adoption of best practices.
  • Superior listening, critical thinking, and writing skills, as well as memorable presentation skills; the ability to take complex, disparate ideas and distill them into simple, provocative concepts — and the willingness to take a stand on vendors and outcomes.
  • The ability to travel 30% to 50% of the time.

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